Article The Station Parkhurst restaurant in Johannesburg
Visiting the renowned The Station Parkhurst restaurant in Johannesburg North’s vibrant and happening suburb of Parkhurst is like boarding a train to flavour town!
Whether it be for a cup of freshly ground coffee, brunch or a business lunch, sundowner cocktails or their world-class tapas and main meals, you can rest assured The Station in Parkhurst will leave you feeling satisfied!
PS Be warned this is not going to be a one-way trip. You are going to want to keep coming back again and again!
AMBIANCE & ATMOSPHERE: 5-STARS
This UK themed restaurant has achieved a perfect balance of modern sleek, yet welcoming and comfortable. With a variety of seating areas including a stunning cocktail bar, indoor lounges, conventional tables and chairs as well as a covered outdoor area.
Their soft lighting and well-selected background ambience music set the mood for an environment that celebrates community, friendship and conversation!
With the use of easily recognisable key decorative elements, you are instantly transported to London’s bustling tube train station! The Station Parkhurst is a perfect example of themed decor while not being a cliché.
The staff at The Station Parkhurst elevate the entire experience to something truly special! From the welcoming Maître D’ to the waiters and masterfully skilled bartenders you will not find happier or more knowledgeable hospitality staff! Their customer-centric staff alone are a good enough reason to visit The Station Parkhurst.
Their management approach to attention to detail and unmatched customer service is a breath of fresh air and has set the bar for the industry to follow extremely high! At no point did we find ourselves looking around for assistance. The management staff are extremely hands-on and lead their staff by example.
MENU KNOWLEDGE: 5-STARS
Simply put, we had our minds blown by the in-depth menu knowledge the staff possessed! Such as meal recommendations including breakdowns of not only what the meal consisted of, but also the techniques used in its preparation! If that is not enough you are also spoilt to drink recommendations that will pair well with the various meals!
If meal presentation was art, their plates would have a place in the finest galleries! Having said that, their plating is non-pretentious. They are thought out to suit the meal/s as well as how they will be eaten. Ranging from size appropriate custom wooden boards to cast-iron ramekins. The meals are equally as visually stunning as they are delicious!
Fresh, authentic and flavour packed – describe the taste sensation we were taken on. Each dish is perfectly seasoned and cooked with the respect and love it deserves! The meat dishes are fall-apart tender and juicy, while the fried dishes were crisp, crunchy and cooked to golden greatness. The wide range of flavours and textures are married perfectly together by a mouthwatering selection of sauces. All resulting in a cohesive gastronomic masterpiece!
DISHES WE TRIED:
Before we even get into that, we must note that the meals are exceptionally good value for money. Do not be fooled by the wording ‘Tapas’ these are NOT the small tasting plates you would expect!
CAMDEN CHICKEN STRIPS
- Chicken breast strips, Panko crumbed then fried golden brown, served with honey mustard or green peppercorn dipping sauce.
LONDON EYE HOT BEEF PAN
- Beef cubes served in a hot sizzling pan filled with homemade creamy peri-peri sauce and ciabatta or pita bread.
- Grilled calamari tubes served in a decadent parmesan cream sauce.
EXPRESS TRAIN – CHORIZO
- Tangy fried Spanish chorizo on a bed of guacamole, spicy salsa and a lemon wedge. Choice of pita bread or ciabatta.
BUCKINGHAM BACON POPPERS
- Just like the Abbey Road Popper, but wrapped in a bacon blanket, crumbed then fried and served with a sweet chilli ginger sauce. What could be better?
THE BEYOND MEXICAN BURGER (vegetarian)
- A home favourite Beyond patty served with crushed crispy tortilla nachos, traditional salsa and guacamole making this burger, anything but standard.
We were spoilt with a selection of bespoke gin cocktails. Offering a staggering selection of over 160 different gins! What’s even more amazing is our phenomenal waiter was able to give us a rundown of the Botanics of each of the gins we had as well as masterfully pairing them with flavours and aromas that highlighted each gin!
In addition, we also enjoyed a bespoke non-gin cocktail that was masterfully made!
Stop what you are doing and get down to The Station Parkhurst and get ready to be taken of a taste bud tantalizing journey of flavour! The restaurant’s diverse menu has something for everyone! From the serious carnivores to the vegetarians and vegans! They cater to all. The Station is more than a restaurant, it’s an experience to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones!
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